So, my neighbor's listed their house for sale about 2 weeks ago and I feel like I'm watching a train wreck in slow motion. I am not the listing agent and I am more than okay with it. Although I do have the neighborhood advantage and could market this to the nth degree .. it's just well, a little too close to home and I know too much - too much as in obligated to disclose.
I've been the helpful neighbor for a few months, dishing out advice like no other, providing market updates and even doing a bit of yard work, all the while being fully aware that this is not going to be my listing. It is, however, in my best interest that my neighbor's home sells quickly and for top dollar.
It's not going to happen ... I'm watching all the things that are being done, or rather not done, and it's just turning my stomach. I'm watching a train wreck in slow motion and as much as I want to throw myself onto the tracks to stop it .. I can't do anything about it.
There's the oops paint in the bedrooms, the lawn full of weeds, the giant hole on the side of the front step skillfully hidden by a freshly planted Hosta, the front door that has been painted a color like something you would find in a baby's diaper (that was the nicest analogy I could think of) and all the closet doors are stained nicotine yellow. Which buyer doesn't find that appealing.
The pictures are plentiful but only 3 are decent. There's no picture of the newly remodeled kitchen but the upstairs toilet is featured prominently. The A/C and heat pump are marketed as new although they are at least 5 years old. There is a fireplace in the basement but the listing states "0" for number of fireplaces. There's no neighborhood description, no mentioning of the outstanding school district ... "marketing" seems to be limited to the Multiple Listing Service.
It's very obvious that none of my advice was followed.. except the original list price - which was just dropped by 5K today! I wonder why! [insert sarcasm mixed with disbelief here] I understand the truth is hard to take sometimes especially when it comes in form of a long list of suggestions provided by a stranger ... It's nothing personal though, it's business - the truth will get your home SOLD!
What can I do? I can't force anyone to listen. At this stage in the game my hands are tied and I'm about to put the blindfolds on as well because this train wreck in slow motion is just too painful to watch!
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